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Fujifilm X30 vs Samsung HZ15W

Portability
80
Imaging
39
Features
73
Overall
52
Fujifilm X30 front
 
Samsung HZ15W front
Portability
90
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Fujifilm X30 vs Samsung HZ15W Key Specs

Fujifilm X30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 2/3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.0-2.8) lens
  • 423g - 119 x 72 x 60mm
  • Revealed August 2014
  • Replaced the Fujifilm X20
Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Released February 2009
  • Alternate Name is WB550
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Fujifilm X30 vs Samsung HZ15W Overview

Below, we are contrasting the Fujifilm X30 and Samsung HZ15W, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors FujiFilm and Samsung. The resolution of the Fujifilm X30 (12MP) and the HZ15W (12MP) is fairly similar but the Fujifilm X30 (2/3") and HZ15W (1/2.3") possess different sensor dimensions.

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The Fujifilm X30 was brought out 5 years after the HZ15W which is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a in-depth comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the Fujifilm X30 grades versus the HZ15W with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm X30 over the Samsung HZ15W

 Fujifilm X30 HZ15W 
ReleasedAugust 2014February 2009More modern by 67 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution920k460kSharper display (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Fujifilm X30

 HZ15W Fujifilm X30 

Common features in the Fujifilm X30 and Samsung HZ15W

 Fujifilm X30 HZ15W 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch display Absent Touch display

Fujifilm X30 vs Samsung HZ15W Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Fujifilm X30 comes with exterior measurements of 119mm x 72mm x 60mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 2.4") with a weight of 423 grams (0.93 lbs) whilst the Samsung HZ15W has sizing of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") and a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are using at that time. The following is the front view measurement comparison of the Fujifilm X30 against the HZ15W.

Fujifilm X30 vs Samsung HZ15W size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the Fujifilm X30 and HZ15W is 80 and 90 respectively.

Fujifilm X30 vs Samsung HZ15W top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm X30 vs Samsung HZ15W Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to imagine the difference between sensor sizes just by going over specifications. The picture below may give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the Fujifilm X30 and HZ15W.

To sum up, both cameras have got the exact same resolution but different sensor sizes. The Fujifilm X30 features the larger sensor which should make obtaining shallower depth of field less difficult. The younger Fujifilm X30 should have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Fujifilm X30 vs Samsung HZ15W sensor size comparison

Fujifilm X30 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X30 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm X30 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Portrait photography camera
47
focusing manually
comes with face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (2/3")
32
focusing manually
provides face detection autofocus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm X30 Street photography factors
Samsung HZ15W Street photography factors
64
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
sensor is small (2/3")
heavier than average in class (423g)
53
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
heavier than competition (249g)
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm X30 Sports photography information
Samsung HZ15W Sports photography information
52
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
good battery life (470 shots)
has phase detect AF
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is small (2/3")
27
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm X30 Travel photography factors
Samsung HZ15W Travel photography factors
62
good battery life (470 per charge)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
heavier than average in class (423 grams)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
54
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (249 grams)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm X30 Landscape photography details
Samsung HZ15W Landscape photography details
58
focusing manually
really wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (470 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is small (2/3")
41
focusing manually
rather wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual exposure
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm X30 Vlogging factors
Samsung HZ15W Vlogging factors
34
really wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has mic support
screen is not selfie friendly
heavier than average in class (423 grams)
29
rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic socket
heavier than competition (249g)
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Fujifilm X30 vs Samsung HZ15W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm X30 and Samsung HZ15W
 Fujifilm X30Samsung HZ15W
General Information
Brand FujiFilm Samsung
Model type Fujifilm X30 Samsung HZ15W
Also called - WB550
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2014-08-26 2009-02-23
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip EXR Processor II -
Sensor type CMOS X-TRANS II CCD
Sensor size 2/3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 8.8 x 6.6mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 58.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 49 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.0-2.8 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.1 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 920k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.65x -
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 16 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 12.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m 4.70 m
Flash settings Auto, forced flash, slow synchro, commander, suppressed flash Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 423 gr (0.93 lb) 249 gr (0.55 lb)
Dimensions 119 x 72 x 60mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 2.4") 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 470 pictures -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-95 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $499 $330